Thursday, January 6, 2011

HoCo Schools Chief Takes Medical Leave

From ExploreHoward:

Sydney Cousin, superintendent of Howard County schools, is on indefinite medical leave, school system spokeswoman Patti Caplan said Wednesday night.

Faculty received an alert during the school day Wednesday that Cousin is on leave until his doctors approve his return to work, Caplan said.

The school system would not release details of Cousin’s condition at the request of his family, Caplan said.

During Cousin’s absence, Chief Academic Officer Linda Wise, Chief Financial Officer Raymond Brown and Chief Operating Officer Theresa Alban will carry out his day-to-day duties, reporting to Chief of Staff Mamie Perkins, Caplan said. The school system is currently without a deputy superintendent, who would normally assume Cousin’s responsibilities in such a situation.

Wise, Brown, Alban and Perkins will present Cousin’s proposed budget at the Board of Education meeting Thursday, which will go on as scheduled, starting at 8 p.m.

“We’re wishing Dr. Cousin a speedy recovery and we hope to see him back soon,” Caplan said.

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